Frequently Asked Questions

Q - How can I enter the 2016 Chelmsford Marathon?

A – Entries for the 2016 Chelmsford Marathon are now open. Please see below to register.

  • To sign up online OR via paper entry please visit the Nice Works website.
  • To sign up on the day please locate the Event Hub in Central Park.
Q – How much does it cost to register?

A – Registration is £38 for Affiliated Runners and £40 for Unaffiliated Runners. Affiliated Runners will have to provide their URN at sign up to received discounted rate.

5K - Registration is £13 for Affiliated Runners and £15 for Unaffiliated Runners. Affiliated Runners will have to provide their URN at sign up to received discounted rate.

Q - Are there conditions of entry?

A – Yes please see Marathon Conditions of Entry.

Q - How many places are there in the Chelmsford Marathon?

A – 1000, entries are sold on a first come first served basis.

Q - Is the course the same as the 2015 Chelmsford Marathon?

A – Yes, the course will remain the same as 2015. Thanks to the Springfield Striders, the single lapped course starts outside the iconic Shire Hall in the City Centre taking runners throughout the City of Chelmsford and surrounding Villages. Please see course map for more information.

Q – Is the Chelmsford Marathon UK Athletics certified?

A –  The race is certified by the UK Athletics Association and the UK Course Measurer Association.

Q – What type of surface track does the route take?

A – The Chelmsford Marathon is a single lapped 26.2 mile course classified as fairly flat with some undulations. The course comprises of road running and tarmac paths.

Q - How old must I be to enter the Chelmsford Marathon?

A – Marathon entrants must be 18 or above on the day of the race.

Q – Where does the race start and finish?

A – The Start and Finish location for the 2016 Chelmsford Marathon are as follows:

Event Hub and Finish Line: Central Park

Start: Shire Hall, Chelmsford Town Centre

The 5k starts and finishes in Central Park.

Q – What is the Event Hub?

A – Central Park is the Event Hub with all the runners’ facilities such as toilets, bag drop, runner enquiries and refreshments. Runners are advised to arrive in Central Park to make use of the facilities then make your way to Shire Hall in the Town Centre to begin the waved start line up- this is around a 10 minute walk.

Q - What time does the race start?

A – Chelmsford Marathon- Timings: The event hub will be open from 7.30am. The waved start line up will take place at 8.30am for a 9am start. Please note no late starters will be accepted due to Sunday shopping hours.

The Chelmsford 5K starts in Central Park at 10.15am

Q – Do I need to finish the Race by a certain time?

A – Yes, all runners will need to finish the race by 5pm for health and safety reasons.

Q – Can I use my iPod or similar device on race day?

A – Please note that as most of the race takes place on roads open to traffic headphones are not allowed. Runners risk disqualification if they are found to be wearing headphones. In addition, wearing anything that isolates you from the sounds of the day would mean that you would miss out on the marathon atmosphere.

Q – When will we receive our running packs?

A – The running packs will be sent out on the 10th and 11th of October.

Running packs will include: running numbers with Chip Timing system and on the day Race information.

Technical T-Shirts and safety pins can be picked up on the day of the event.

Q – Can you sign up on the day?

A – Yes, you can sign up on the day at the Events Hub located in Central Park. Subject to availability.

Q - Do we get a T-shirt?

A - T shirt collection

We are offering runners the chance to collect their all-important breathable running tops prior to Marathon day. The collection point is Run Active, a local running shop on Navigation Road in Chelmsford. You will be able to collect your T shirt from Friday October 7th through to Friday October 21st. To collect your Tshirt please take your booking confirmation with you, and the staff at Run Active will have your selected size waiting for you. You can, of course, still collect your shirt from the Race Headquarters on race day if you prefer.

Q – Do we get a medal?

A – Yes, they will be presented at the finish line.

Q – Will there be refreshment stops?

A –Drinks/Aid Stations

There will be at least eight drinks/aid stations on the course; however, if the weather is particularly hot we may add additional water stops. Water will also be available at the finish and whilst we will ensure that water stations are well supplied, runners should consider carrying their own water bottles if it is a very warm day. Some of the stations will carry sugary drinks and snacks. Water on the course will be cupped whilst bottled water will be available at the finish.

Q – Can I run in fancy dress?

A – Yes this is allowed of course, but please bear in mind the race day weather conditions and appropriate fluid intake should your fancy dress layers leave you needing extra hydration.

Q – I would like to volunteer on the day for your 2016 event, how do I register?

A – Please see the Volunteers page of our website.

Q – When does registration for the race close?

A – Registration will close the night before the event and then will re open on the event day subject to availability.

Q – Will there be chip timing?

 A – Yes, you will receive your chip in your race pack. Remember: no chip, no time. The timing chip is disposable and doesn’t need to be returned after the race, or if you are unable to run. Runners do not need to register on the event day.

Q – Will there be a place for me to leave my bags?

 A – Yes, there will be a baggage storage area for runners at the Event Hub. Please attach the label from your running number securely and visibly to your bag. You will need your running number to collect your bag after the race. More information will be in the race pack.

Q – I am thinking about staying in Chelmsford; where do you suggest?

A – Chelmsford has lots of lovely of hotels and B&B’s. We suggest that once you’ve entered, you book early to avoid disappointment.

Q - Is there parking?

A – Getting to the race and car parking

Chelmsford Railway Station is just a 10 minute walk from Central Park. If you are travelling by car, parking is plentiful in Chelmsford City Centre but we would advise you to arrive in plenty of time to park your car, make your way to the race headquarters and then to the race start.

You may wish to use the following local car parks:

  • High Chelmer- Short Stay Multi Storey Car Park – CM1 1XB
    • 1,012 spaces (26 blue badge spaces)
    • Opening early to accommodate the Marathon closes at 5pm
  • Waterhouse Lane – Long Stay Surface Car Park – CM1 2RY
    • 81 long stay spaces (1 blue badge space)
    • Open all hours, no charge on a Sunday.
  • Coval Lane – Long Stay Car Park – CM1 1TG
    • 187 long stay spaces (8 blue badge spaces)
    • Open all hours, pay and display charges apply on Sundays.
  • Fairfield Road – Mixed Stay Car Park – CM1 1JG
    • 301 short/long stay spaces (3 blue badge spaces)
    • Open all hours, pay and display charges apply on Sundays.
  • Bellmead – CM1 1LE – some off street blue badge spaces available.
  • Essex County Council Car Park is also available for use on the day, free of charge and no maximum height restrictions (next door to the County Hotel, CM1 2PZ).
  • Meadows Short Stay Surface Car Park – CM2 6FD
    • 250 short stay spaces (19 blue badge spaces)
    • Open all hours, pay and display charges apply on Sundays.
  • Riverside – Victoria Road Car Park
    • 392 short/long stay spaces (6 blue badge spaces
    • Open all hours, pay and display charges apply on Sundays.
Q - Are there pacers on the day?

A –  They will be clearly identifiable with Pacers Running Shirts and will be offering seven target times – 3 hrs, 3hrs 30, 4 hrs 15, 4 hrs 30, 4 hrs 45, 5 hrs and 5 hrs 15. Please note these may change on the race day, please listen to the race briefing for pacer changes.